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RVHD2: The UK's Newest Fatal Rabbit Disease

Jo Hinde | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Jo Hinde

This article aims to give a general overview of the current RVHD2 situation in the UK including information for veterinary professionals and owners re...

Brian May Isn't Impressed With The Government Even After Its Animal Welfare U-Turn

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK

Brian May has said that "the only real hope for animals" is an end to the "awful" government after it abandoned controversial plans to scrap animal we...

The Government's 'Dangerous' Plan To Scrap Animal Welfare Codes Isn't Over Yet

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government has been accused of "washing its hands entirely of its responsibility" after it emerged that it was planning to scrap animal welfare gu...

The Government Is Planning To Scrap Animal Welfare Codes

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK

The government is planning to scrap animal welfare guidance and devolve regulatory powers to the farming industry, it has emerged. Under plans drawn u...

It's Time We Reconsider What We Define as Humane

Louise Mead | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Louise Mead

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I'll keep saying it until people choose to listen. None of this is necessary. We have no need to use and kill animals for food, clothing, entertainment, or any other reason. To harm and kill another being without necessity is profoundly unjust, no matter how you paint it. There is only one way to bring this injustice to an end; and that is, my fellow animal-lovers, for each of us to be the change by being vegan.

Leave or Remain: Supporting the Rural Economy

Ross Murray | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Ross Murray

The one hard-and-fast rule about a 'Plan B' is to make sure there is one. The farming industry - at the whim in recent years of foot and mouth, bovine TB, crop disease, droughts, flooding, and commodity price crashes to name but a few - understands of the importance of a fall-back plan.

Open Love Letter to the Minister: How Can I Tell You that You Hold the Key to My Heart?

Linda Goodman | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK
Linda Goodman

Dear Minister, no that's too formal. Mr Eustice - oh darn it ... My dearest George, We've never met but I've seen you from afar in the big House and ...

Flood Defence Funding Rules 'Not Fit For Purpose'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics

Poor and rural areas vulnerable to flooding risk missing out on new defences because the method the Government uses to carve up funding is “not fit ...

It's Time We Lifted the Lid on the Supermarket Supply Chain

Rosie Boycott | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Rosie Boycott

Many businesses waste more food in a day than a consumer wastes in a year. We need to stop the rot. Roughly a third of the food grown worldwide is wa...

It's Time the Environment Secretary Started Taking Air Pollution Seriously

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

The Environment Secretary has failed to act. Her silence is a complete abdication of responsibility. She should be leading an urgent, cross-Departmental response to bring air pollution down to safe levels. Re-doing the consultation and making genuine efforts to engage on air quality must be the first step, for which she will have Labour's full support.

National Badger Day on 6 October - Celebrating Badger Patrol Volunteers

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

On most weekday nights at 2am I am usually tucked up in bed, but this one was different - I was walking around the countryside in the pouring rain, ar...

From Cage to Grave: The Short, Unpleasant Life of a Game Bird

Dr Toni Shephard | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Dr Toni Shephard

The pheasant shooting season starts today, and while many people instinctively oppose the killing of animals for sport, most have no idea just how miserable the short life of 'game' birds really is.

Animals Deserve Even More Than a Vegan Shadow Minister

Alasdair Cochrane | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Alasdair Cochrane

The appointment last week of a vegan - Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy - as shadow DEFRA Minister has caused something of a stir. Perhaps predictably, farming groups and representatives are said to be shocked that someone with such views could hold such a role.

Will a Vegan Be the Fox in the Defra Henhouse?

Ian Middleton | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Having a vegan as shadow minister for agriculture may well upset the cosy rapport farmers have with government at the moment, but I thought that was the point of electing Corbyn in the first place. To think the unthinkable and do what's right, rather than what's pragmatic and expedient to the wishes and votes of vested interests.

Biased and Inadequate - Defra Report on Game Bird Breeding

Dr Toni Shephard | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Toni Shephard

The League believes that this study confirms what the British Association for Shooting and Conservation stated in December 2010 when urging MPs to sign an Early Day Motion calling for an outright ban on breeding cages.

Animal Encounters: Registration Reform?

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

On November 14 2013 Steve Rowlands, owner of Tropical Inc, was convicted of 34 offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. A whistle-blower working wi...

Firm Direction: Kids Company and Ministerial Directions

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

As my colleague Jill Rutter pointed out in her blogpost, the news that Kids Company may be about to close its services 'provides rapid vindication' of...

MRSA in British Pork; Why We Should All Be Concerned and Defra Must Act

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

This is the first time MRSA of livestock origin has been found in British pig meat. The findings add to the growing evidence that overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to resistance in life-threatening infections in humans, and supports the call for urgent action to address inappropriate use in farming.

When Will Governments of Rich Countries Take Agriculture Seriously?

Colin Tudge | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK
Colin Tudge

A farmer on BBC4's PM programme on Thursday September 24 said that the European Commission's two-year partial ban on three of the neonicotinoid insect...

Another Cruel and Pointless Badger Slaughter Begins

Mark Jones | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

And so it begins again. In spite of all the evidence and against all reasonable scientific advice, the sound of rifles and shotguns will be ringing out at night across large parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset over the coming weeks, as innocent badgers are indiscriminately massacred whilst going about their nocturnal business

Paterson Out, Truss in: Will Change at the Top Mean a Change of Fortune For England's Badgers?

Mark Jones | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Owen Paterson has served English farmers, taxpayers and, most of all, the wildlife he was supposed to protect, very badly indeed. Liz Truss would be well advised to use her experience from her time in the Education Department to learn from his mistakes.

Seven Priorities for Liz Truss, the New Environment Secretary

Guy Shrubsole | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Guy Shrubsole

So long, Owen Paterson: we won't miss you. You were truly the worst environment secretary for decades. With that act to follow, Ms Truss might be tempted to relax; hardly much to live up to. That would be a mistake. There's already a lot in her in-tray and a lot of mess to clean up from her predecessor...

Student Catches Bluefin Tuna Fish Worth One MILLION Pounds, Government Confiscates It

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of friends who caught a rare fish worth £1m must've thought they had hit the jackpot - until the government's environmental department confis...

Badger Blame Game Leading to Increased Persecution

Dominic Dyer | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Dominic Dyer

Badgers are our largest surviving carnivore and have lived in our landscape for over half million years. Some badger setts in our countryside are over 500 years old and date back to the Elizabethan era. However our relationship with this iconic species has often been savage and cruel.

Badger Culling - Incompetence on a Grand Scale

Mark Jones | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

In the end, the insistence by DEFRA ministers that culling should continue in some form or another only goes to highlight how little it cares for evidence, and how political this issue has become.